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Schlieffen Plan

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Schlieffen Plan The Schlieffen plan was a very well thought of plan. It took a time of nine years to devise, it started to be planned in 1897, was then presented to Germany in 1905 and then revised in 1906. The creator of the plan was the German Chief of Staff, Alfred von Schlieffen. The plan was designed so that when Germany went to war they would not be fighting two countries from different fronts, the east and west. The assumption that the plan made was that when Germany went to war with either Russia or France the other country would take opportunity and attack, then Germany would have to split their forces and would not be at full strength. ...read more.

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This would use 90% of Germany's forces. Germany expected to have captured the city of Paris within 6 weeks of entering Belgium. Then the Germans would have expected the rest of France to surrender them, allowing them to make a move into Germany and towards Russia to fight with them. Germany had the best railway system in the world, and this was purpose built to make the movement of troops easier. Attacking Germany through Belgium would mean avoiding all Frances main armies and fortress towns on the south border with Germany. Germany's plan included speed; with out his element he plan would be flawed and could never succeed. ...read more.

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Another likely failure of the plan was that Germany assumed Belgium would remain neutral and simply let Germany pass an army through without a fight. If they did not let Germany through this, would use a lot of Germany's precious time and resources, and therefore give Russia longer to mobilise. One more of the assumptions that Germany made was that Britain would not attack and would remain neutral, if they Britain did involve themselves in the war in would be a major setback for the Germans. Overall if the plan had of worked it would have been a major success for Germany in expanding their empire. Once they would have captured France they could use it as a base to expand their empire over all of Europe. ...read more.

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